classic sugar cookies dusted in Christmas sanding sugar
Perfectly Delicious Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
33 mins

These are the perfect sugar cookies - they're soft, chewy, and holiday ready! Oh, and they don't require hours to chill - they're fast and easy to make. They're dusted with Christmas sanding sugar, although you could skip that, roll them out, cut out holiday shapes, and decorate them with icing, instead.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Servings: 4 dozen
  • 1.5 cup unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1.5 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4.5 cup flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 container Christmas sanding sugar
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You could line your cookie trays with parchment, but join the cookie revolution! Instead, use these amazing silicone baking sheets

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set it aside for now.

  3. Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.

    sugar and butter
  4. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly mixed.

    sugar cookie dough in progress
  5. Mix in the vanilla.

  6. Slowly, add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well so that it's very thoroughly combined.

  7. Use my favorite cookie scoop to make evenly-sized balls of dough. With that scoop, you'll barely need to roll them.

  8. Put that ball on the cookie sheet, and repeat until all the dough is molded into balls.

    sugar cookie dough on cookie tray
  9. Pour the sanding sugar into a large bowl.

    sugar cookie dough with Christmas color sanding sugar
  10. Roll each dough ball through the sanding sugar and place it back onto the cookie sheet. Cookies should be spaced 2-3 inches away from each other.

    sugar cookie dough in sanding sugar
  11. Once all of the dough balls have been coated in the sanding sugar, use your palm to lightly push the balls down. They should now be a thick disk shape.

    sugar cookie dough covered in sanding sugar on a cookie tray
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 11-13 minutes, or until lightly browned.

  13. Allow cookies to cool, then enjoy with a tall glass of milk or eggnog!

Recipe Notes

TheĀ sugar cookies should be slightly underbaked when removed from the oven. This is on purpose - they'll continue to firm up as they cool. So pull them out just as they begin to brown, or they'll overbake and get hard.